Pieces of Me

Sunday, November 30, 2008

I've got my eyes on you. . . . and the Christmas Tree

Hannah's latest antics require some laughter.  Even though she's being completely serious when she's saying it, it is very hard to keep a straight face when trying to react to her.  Lately, if we do something that she finds questionable or even kind of goofy, she looks us straight in the eyes, makes her fingers into a "V" and points her fingers first at herself and then at the "offender" and says, "You better be careful, I've got my eyes on you," kinda like that commercial for Gerber Graduates when the mom says, "Big boys do not . . . "  But she's a cutie pie. 

We did put up the tree today and got the rest of the inside of the house ready for Advent/Christmas.  Stephen will get up on the roof at some point and decorate the outside.  But for now, our house is nearly ready for Christmas.

After 5 years, I finally was able to purchase the Little People Nativity for our family.  Yes, the mess you see behind them is really there, but the house has been straightened and our tree is in that back corner.  Sometimes you have to let things get a little chaotic just so you can have some fun with your children.  Here are some photos of the kids with their new favorite Christmas toy.

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And then on to the tree.  Stephen began to put up the tree this morning.  According to Hannah, "he put up the trunk and added all the feathers."  We didn't get finished with the decorating part until after supper with Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Bekah, Uncle Roger, Tyler, and Blaine.

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While Cayden was napping, Hannah got to put the star on the top of the tree.  But I would not allow them to put ornaments on the tree until after Cayden was awake.  Hannah was not very happy with this decision.  But finally, we were able to go through each ornament, talk about the sentimental ones and get our tree complete.  It's a very cute one if I do say so myself.



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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Celebrate the Season of Christmas at Sea World

This year opted to stay home for Thanksgiving.  And because we did so, we were able to take our family to Sea World.  I was so excited because #1.  We have never gone to Sea World with just our family, and #2. I knew that Sea World would be decked out for Christmas.  It has taken me a little bit to get into the season this year.  I really enjoyed the time I've spent with my kids preparing for the other holidays, but Christmas just sounded like a lot of work with whining children.  But yesterday, my kids were amazing and had so much fun.  And today we will be putting up the tree and getting our home ready for the Advent Season.  I may go out and get a new Advent Calendar to do with our family since ours is falling apart.  But I supposed that a wooden calendar we've used since before I started teaching (so that would be 8 years) has the right to fall apart.  LOL

Anyway, on to Sea World.  We have Season Passes so when we learned we would be home this weekend, I suggested taking the kids there.  I knew the Water Park would be closed so we would be able to take the kids to nearly all the shows.  And they LOVED them!  They sang and danced and had a great time. 

AND Santa was at Sea World.  First we saw him at the Sharks, Scuba Diving.  Hannah waved at him through the glass.  It was really fun.  But then a couple hours later, he had made his way to Shamu's Candy Harbor where the kids could sit on his lap and tell him what they would like for Christmas.  And Hannah (not Cayden) sat on Santa's lap.  This is a HUGE deal.  She hasn't sat on his lap since she was 1 year old so Mommy was SOOOO excited.  And apparently Hannah wants My Little Ponies for Christmas.  I'm glad she had a talk with Santa because we had NO idea.  Now, on to the pictures:

Entrance at Sea World.  I LOVE this wreath.


Here's the photo of our family in front of the tree.  Yes, we spent money on this photo, but I absolutely love it.  I think it's a great photo of the entire family.  And a photo of Stephen w/ the kids.

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Hannah and Cayden hanging out in the stroller (in the parking lot).

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Feeding the dolphins. 

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Waving at Scuba Santa and a picture with the Diamond, the Clydesdale.

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Hannah with Shamu Santa and Santa Claus

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This next photo is of Hannah and Santa talking to one another about what she'd like for Christmas.  There's also a photo of Cayden and Daddy in front of one of the many trees in park.

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Mommy and Hannah before the Clyde and Seamore show.  And some photos from the show.


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Daddy and the kids riding on the Spinning Paint Cans

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Hannah, dancing to the carols in the "street"

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And of course, no trip to Sea World would be complete without seeing Shamu.


We hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving. 



Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Hannah woke up this morning, and the first words out of her mouth were "Happy Thanksgiving!!"  When she heard that Cayden was awake, she ran into his room yelling, "Happy Thanksgiving!!  Happy Thanksgiving!!"  You'd think it's Christmas.  She was just so excited about it being Thanksgiving.  And rightly so.  We are so blessed this year.  And very thankful for all He has given us, including His grace. 

Cayden made a "Thankful Turkey" at school.  On each feather, he listed the things he's thankful for - Mommy, Daddy, Hannah, Red Baa Baa, and Food.  Hannah wrote a "I'm Thankful" book that she listed the things she's thankful for - Mrs. Degon, Mommy, My house that I live in, My daddy, Cayden.  I guess I should take my children's lead and list the things for which I'm thankful.  Of course, the list could go on and on since I have so much to be thankful for this year, but I will try and keep it short.

  • My Jesus - thank You for loving me so much that You died to save me.  You are the reason I am.  and it is my mission to love like You.
  • My husband - my sweet, adoring, wonderful husband who puts up with me daily (and that's not easy), says that I'm beautiful (regardless of my "extra padding"), and is amazing with our children.  Each and every day I grow more and more in love with him.  I am blessed.
  • My children - who love me no matter how frustrated or upset I can get.  And who remind me daily of how much I am blessed to have them in my life. 
  • My family and friends - I do not know anyone else who has such a support system.  You all amaze me.  And I love you.
  • And of course, I'm thankful for the home in which I live, my new job, that Hannah and I were not more seriously injured in the car accident, etc.  I really am blessed.

This year for Thanksgiving, we did not go to Jacksonville to spend it with the McIntyre family.  I must admit, it's a little weird, but this year has been really nice.  I actually spend Thanksgiving with my parents, something that is not typical, and also spent some time with a dear friend and her extended family.  I am most certainly blessed to have so many wonderful people with whom to share this special day.  Unfortunately, I did not get any photos with my parents (AGAIN), but I did get some photos from our dinner:


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Hannah and S watching Uncle Joel carve the turkey.  "That's really cool!!!" says S.


Cayden and K eating lunch together.  Soooo cute.


S and Hannah together as well.  Hannah said S looked so handsome in his tie.  (LOL)


Lunch with Grandpa Lowell and everyone else.  Sorry Mammaw, must have shot that photo right after you took a bite of food.  Whoopsie.

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This next series of photos were taken right before we left the room.  Stephen had already taken Cayden out the door.  And here is Mr. S, helping himself to some pumpkin pie.  Mom was not so happy.

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And afterwards, once we got home, I had Stephen take some photos of the kids and me (very rare, I know).

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!!! 

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Celebrating Thanksgiving

This year we are celebrating Thanksgiving Day with our family friends.  We usually spend Thanksgiving Day with our extended McIntyre family, but this year we have opted out of traveling to Jacksonville and decided to stay home.  Stephen is off work today through Sunday so we are planning on getting in some good 'ole family time - starting with putting up the tree.  I cannot wait!!!

But because of our Thanksgiving Day plans, we spent Thanksgiving with our families this past Sunday. 

Thanksgiving at Beautiful Savior - notice there are no photos of my parents????

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Thanksgiving at Teri Road

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And we celebrated Thanksgiving with Cayden's class at school.  Lots of fun. 

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So again, tree and lights this weekend (today, I think).  Eddie's birthday party tonight!!  Thanksgiving with D and her family (I'll get photos - maybe I'll convince Mom to come).  Then on Friday we are going to Sea World!!!  We cannot wait!!